knock sounded on the door, and Cat wondered who had come to complain to Simon
about the part they’d been given. She’d been doing exactly that for six, long
Simon could respond, Dmitri Fedorov stepped into the room with a commanding presence
and walked right past Cat as if she wasn’t even there. Normally, she’d be
worried if the artistic director entered a room and didn’t acknowledge her. But
this time, she wasn’t so concerned. It gave her the perfect opportunity to gawk
at his tight ass in his worn jeans.
everything go?” he asked in a deep, gravelly voice, forgoing a formal greeting
and any pleasantries.
enough.” Simon sat up straighter in his chair. A ballet god like Dmitri Fedorov
wasn’t someone to be casual with, even if you were an assistant artistic
director with a decent career of your own, like Simon. “They are pleased to
have you on board, and they are anxious to start their season.”
rested his cane against his leg and rubbed his palms together. “Hopefully
they’re as eager to start as I am.”
they are.” Simon motioned to where Cat stood behind him. “In fact, Catherine
came by to tell me how excited she is to tackle the role of Clara.”
mention of her name, Cat pried her eyes away from her new boss’s derriere just
in time for him to turn around and face her. While she was careful to hide her
appraisal of his body, Dmitri was not as shy. His gaze raked over her,
examining her from the blunt tips of her pointe shoes to her brown hair wound
into a neat bun. Self-consciously, she tugged at her powder blue wrap sweater.
swallowed hard, feeling faint under his intense perusal.
“This Nutcracker is a very important show for
me. It’s the start of my new career and my chance to prove myself.” He took a
few steps toward her, stopping only a few inches from where she stood. “I’m
counting on you.”
he turned and left the room. Cat pulled her eyebrows together as she stared
into his wake. Had Dmitri been sizing her up as a dancer or appreciating the
way she looked in a leotard and tights? Was he trying to intimidate her with
his “I’m counting on you” remark, or was he expressing the faith he had in her
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